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the life of their daughter’s killer. This newly released film, co-produced by Stogner and author Rick Stack, casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three riveting stories. In addition to the story of the Maryland parents against the death penalty, the film features a Boston Marathon bombing survivor who struggles to decide what justice means, and the rare perspective of a former state executioner who comes within days of executing an innocent inmate. As the debate over the death penalty in the U.S. remains heated, this provocative documentary challenges viewers to question their deepest beliefs about justice. Two of the film’s principal interviewees ~ the former state executioner and the Maryland parent ~ will join Stogner and Stack for a discussion after the screening. To date, the film has won three prestigious documentary awards: IMPACT DOCS Special Award of Excellence; Best Short Docs Award; and the World Fest-Houston International Remi Award. One of the film’s experts, Sister Helen Prejean, author of the landmark Dead Man Walking, notes, “Powerful storytelling can make a difference. It can turn society around and move us to higher ethical ground. This film is imbued with authenticity and will give voice to both sides of this issue.” In the Executioner’s Shadow will

in Washington, D.C., and one in Kensington, Maryland, struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. Against all odds, one becomes Bon Appétit Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in America. The other is forced to redefine success. The film stars Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury and Frank Linn of Frankly...Pizza, with cameos by legendary chefs and restaurateurs Danny Meyer (Shake Shack, Union Square Café), Mike Isabella (Bravo “Top Chef” Allstar) and Washington Post food writer Tim Carman. The filmmaker, Dustin HarrisonAtlas, lives in Riva, Maryland, but has Harrison family roots on the Eastern Shore that go back to the 1600s. A great-great-great grandfather, Robert Winfield Harrison, was born in 1818 and was a ship carpenter in St. Michaels. Filmmaker Maggie Burnette Stogner lives in Annapolis. One of the stories in her powerful film In the Executioner’s Shadow is about Maryland parents who fought for


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